PRODUCT: dish towels, aprons, table runners, potholders, and more
Est. in 2013
Born out of Kathryn Allison’s passion for pattern making and inspired by her great-grandfather’s coastal Maine painting studio of the same name, Rangemark is Chattanooga’s art student-turned-entrepreneur success story.
What I enjoyed most was seeing my patterns come to life in a vivid, tactile way.”
– Kathryn Allison, Founder of Rangemark Textiles
A 2013 graduate of Covenant College with a degree in art, Allison loved creating and drawing patterns but wasn’t sure she wanted a career as a fabric designer at a large firm. Already proficient in screen-printing, she decided to go it alone. She put the patterns from her sketchbook onto fabric and started sewing.
“That was the first moment where I was like OK, this is something I can make into a finished product and potentially sell,” she remembers.
Soon she was transferring her patterns to dish towels, napkins, table linens, and pillows. She sold them part time at craft shows, selling out every weekend.
“What I enjoyed most was seeing my patterns come to life in a vivid, tactile way,” she says.
Today, Rangemark products are made by local seamstresses in a shared creative space in the St. Elmo Fire Hall. Allison has her patterns block-printed onto organic linens, with all production done in Chattanooga.
Finished products are sold wholesale to retailers and displayed at trade shows, where Allison takes orders from buyers who stop by her booth.
“Because our products are handmade by individual women, you can see attention to detail in every single piece,” Allison says. Rangemark linens also perform just as well as those bought at a large retailer. In other words, they can be machine washed and dried without falling apart.